the copilot: (reading from the back of a book her friend gave her) “…Using Liberation Theology and Queer Theory, [this book] exposes the sexual roots that underlie all theology…”
me: (groaning) Why won’t people just leave me alone?
Sounds a lot like the (also gross) idea in evopsych that everything a person does is “ultimately” because “deep down” it helps to attract a mate for reproduction. Except it’s “Deep down, the ~ultimate~ essence of religion is sexual” (?)
Yep! It’s almost exactly like evopsych, yep.
I don’t really Get what people mean when they apply that idea to Christian theism (and that’s probably because it doesn’t make any sense), but it’s become familiar enough by now that it doesn’t surprise me.
Howdy! This is the friend who’s book you reference. I believe the author is not trying to say that the ultimate or ontological essence of religion is a sexual one, but rather, that religion frequently tries to differentiate between the soul and body in a way that reinforces oppressive sexual norms while simultaneously claiming that religion has nothing to do with sex or sexuality. She’s not saying that religion is all about sex, but rather she’s commenting on the sex and sexuality that are present within Christian theology and practice. And that those comments are necessary after centuries of either silence or the voice of a single hierarchy, and ongoing sexual violence and repression. Anywhozzle, I’m enjoying your blog.
There you are.
This wasn’t a post about the author’s intentions, even if I did get into some lazy speculation in the comment section. This a post about being tired.
If you’re looking for a more formal critique & what associations/background I’m coming from, you can find that here.
Does the “sex is at the roots of everything”-people really have to infiltrate ~everything~ I like? *Goes back to bed*
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